Ohio Constitution Exhibit to be Unveiled at Statehouse Event
November 21, 2018

Join the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, as we unveil the Ohio Constitution exhibit in the Statehouse Museum. The program will take place Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse. The new exhibit features both the 1802 and 1851 Ohio constitutions on permanent public display at the Ohio Statehouse. Working together, this public-private partnership has produced an exhibit that is the first of its kind in the United States. Utilizing the original documents in conjunction with visitor-interactive displays, the exhibit will answer the questions, what is the Ohio constitution, what does it do and how does it impact Ohioans in the 21st century?

"Our Foundation and the CSRAB have been dedicated to enriching the experience of all who visit the Statehouse. This exhibit has been years in the making. Bringing the Ohio Constitution to the Museum for permanent display realizes a dream we have worked toward for more than a decade," said Charles R. Moses, CSF chairman. “This exhibit would not be possible without the collaboration and support provided by the Ohio History Connection.”

"Since our organization’s founding in 1885, we have cared for and preserved the Ohio Constitution documents. We understand the value of the stories they contain and we’re excited to connect even more Ohioans to the founding of our great state,” said Megan Wood, Ohio History Connection Director of Museum and Library Services.

When visitors enter the space, the experience begins with pages from the original 1802 and 1851 Ohio constitutions. Supporting the documents are interactives focused on “Rights,” “Responsibilities” and “Constitution Stories.”

“The Ohio Statehouse is grateful for the partnership with CSF and Ohio History Connection. The exhibit will educate Ohio students and visitors about the importance of these founding documents and how these documents impact their lives—the Statehouse is where Ohio civics and government come to life,” said Laura Battocletti, executive director of CSRAB. In addition to the new constitution exhibit, the entire museum has been updated with a new layout and expanded legislative gallery experience. The Worthington Center has received a new iCivics interactive activity designed for school groups visiting the Ohio Statehouse, as well.

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